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Jim McMillian
March 11, 1948 - May 16, 2016

Jim McMillian

Jim McMillian, an NBA forward who helped lead the Lakers to the 1972 NBA Championship, has died at the age of 68, according to the Associated Press.

He died from complications of heart failure at a hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, according to his sister~in~law Denise Sheridan.

McMillian played college basketball at Columbia University. He led Columbia to a record of 63-14 during his college career and was a three time All-American.

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The 6 foot 5 inch forward was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers 13th overall in the first round of the NBA draft. He averaged over 15 points a game in his three years with the Lakers. He was a key member of the 1972 Lakers championship team. He averaged over 19 points a game that season and helped the Lakers hit a 33 game winning streak. His teammates that year included Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West.

After the 1973 season, he was traded to the Buffalo Braves for Elmore Smith. He also played for the New York Knicks and the Portland Trailblazers. After his NBA career, he moved to Italy and played two years for a team in Bologna.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Alexis, son Aron, daughters Erica and Emon, and seven grandchildren. - See more at:

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Jim McMillian
Personal information
Born March 11, 1948
Raeford, North Carolina
Died May 16, 2016 (aged 68)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Thomas Jefferson
(Brooklyn, New York)
College Columbia (1967–1970)
NBA draft 1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career 1970–1981
Position Small forward
Number 5
Career history
1970–1973 Los Angeles Lakers
1973–1976 Buffalo Braves
1976–1978 New York Knicks
1978–1979 Portland Trail Blazers
1979–1981 Virtus Bologna Italy
Career highlights and awards
NBA champion 1972
3× Haggerty Award (1968–1970)
First-team All-American – USBWA 1969
2× Second-team All-American – NABC 1969, 1970
Third-team All-American – UPI 1969 Third-team All-American – AP 1970
Career NBA statistics
Points 8,736 13.8 ppg
Rebounds 3,319 5.3 rpg
Assists 1,557 2.5 apg
Stats at
James M. "Jim" McMillian (March 11, 1948 – May 16, 2016) was an American professional basketball player born in Raeford, North Carolina. After starring at Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, McMillian played college basketball at Columbia University[1] He led Columbia to a three-year mark of 63-14, and their last NCAA Tournament appearance in 1968, his sophomore year. The tourney ended with a third-place finish for Columbia in the East regional, and Columbia ended that 1967-68 season the sixth-ranked college team in the nation.

Jimmy Mac not only was a three-time All-American and All-Ivy Leaguer, he was All-East each year, the ECAC Sophomore of the Year, and became the first person ever to earn the Haggerty Award in each of his three varsity seasons.

He scored 1758 career points then a record, now second and averaged 22.9 points per game second-best then and now. He is also second in career rebounds (743) and holds the season records for field goals in a season (253) and career (677). But despite their outstanding winning percentages, his Columbia teams managed only one Ivy League title in a period when they battled tough Princeton teams with Geoff Petrie and John Hummer and Penn teams with Dave Wohl and Corky Calhoun.

A 6'5" forward, he was drafted in the first round 13th overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA and was also a first round pick of the New York Nets of the ABA. He chose the Lakers and spent three years there, scoring 3714 points, an average of 15.3 per game. In 1972, he helped lead the Lakers to an NBA Championship, averaging 19.1 points per game in the playoffs. He was a key factor in the Lakers' record-setting 33-game win streak that season. McMillian, who was in his second season that year, replaced Elgin Baylor at forward and the team immediately launched their streak. After the retirement of Wilt Chamberlain, the Lakers needed a center and traded McMillian to the Buffalo Braves for Elmore Smith. He later played for the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers. At the end of his career he moved to Italy and played for Sinudyne Bologna for two seasons.[2]

McMillian died from complications of heart failure on May 16, 2016.[3]

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